The Last Witch Hunter is a modern day fantasy film starring Vin Diesel as the last witch hunter. I’m not sure why he’s the last. The group that trained him could train some more. But he’s the last. He also happens to he immortal due to the curse of the witch queen.
It’s an alright movie with some nice special effects. But the action scenes are a bit lacking. I think, overall, that the film is just half-baked. There’s not enough development going on to anything other than Kaulder, the witch hunter. Everything else just kind of is and nothing further is given to develop it. And that’s a problem.
There could be a rich, wonderful world behind Kaulder, but we never learn about it. We get some glimpses, such as a witch bar. And we know that most witches prefer to be left alone and won’t cause trouble. But that’s about it. What about the group Kaulder works for? What are they like? They don’t appear much at all.
And why was there an initial fight between people and witches? I mean, there’s the standard answer that people just don’t like them because they do dark magic, but it’s never brought up. The witch queen is just the witch queen and she doesn’t like that people are doing. That’s why they had to kill her.
Without much focus on the world, everything of interest lays on the shoulder of Kaulder. I will say he’s a fine main character. He has that Vin Diesel badass thing while also being kind and a lot more reasonable than most other characters in the film. It’s not enough to carry the entire film, though, but he works.
This is another fantasy film that could be better. I want something great to fulfill my enjoyment of fantasy. And I’m talking full magical fantasy, not some low-magic thing.